Once the set activity list has been completed and books are stamped, teachers can be at a loss to keep their students interested throughout the day when visiting this year’s Gympie Show; not so this year.
The Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation (QDO), brought The Cream of Australia’s Cutest Cow in Show competition to the region and asked primary school students to become chief judges.
“Most show goers wouldn’t know how to judge a good dairy cow, but they do know what they think is cute” said Communications Manager for QDO, Sarah Ferguson.
“The students certainly had clear ideas as to what made for the cutest cow.”
Over 750 entries were submitted for the competition from primary school students from the Gympie region. The winner, Sundar Sovereign “Lilly” was a young Swiss Brown Heifer bred by the Brown family of Curra with over 140 votes registered.
Lilly’s owner, Owen Brown said “It helped that Lilly was placed in the front stalls where most people walked by. It was nice to see so many kids interested in the cows”.
While simply good fun for the dairy farmers who are exhibiting, the competition has an important aim.
“Many young children are disconnected from where their food comes from” said Ms Ferguson. “We hear many kids tell us that milk comes from a fridge. Shows like Gympie give them a chance to see a dairy cow and to meet a real farmer”.
The Cutest Cow of Show will be held at five regional shows throughout Queensland this year